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Games venues 'must be reusable'

THE OLYMPIC Delivery Authority is pressing designers and contractors to come up with ways to re-use emporary structures at the 2012 Olympic Park in east London.

In a draft report on sustainability published last week, it said: 'The ODA is keen to challenge venue designers to explore the potential to use reusable structures and recyclable materials for any structures required for Games mode but not in the permanent legacy facilities.'

The authority is looking for ways to reuse the park's temporary basketball arena, while firms bidding for the job to build the £280 million Olympic stadium will be encouraged to come up with a sustainable use for the scheme's remaining capacity after the showpiece venue is reduced in size from 80,000 to 25,000.

Contractors will have to sign up to 'robust' environmental management plans such as reducing emissions and dust from demolition and bulk earthworks before work begins.